Surfing in Chile
Travelers from all over the World
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 visit the wonderful country of Chile
Chile ,officially the Republic of Chile , is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far...

 that has many beaches for surfing
Surfing' is a surface water sport in which the surfer rides a surfboard on the crest and face of a wave which is carrying the surfer towards the shore...

, especially in the northern region where the weather conditions attract many surfers from all over the world.
Except for the winter months (July and August) surfing is possible all year. The water temperature ranges from 15º and 20°C (59º and 68°F).
Although the waves in central Chile are bigger, the waves in the north are stronger and are usually better suited for surfing.
The cold waters of central and southern Chile can be brutal to surf, therefore, surfers adventuring into those areas are strongly advised on using a protective wetsuit
A wetsuit is a garment, usually made of foamed neoprene, which is worn by surfers, divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy. The insulation properties depend on bubbles of gas enclosed within the material,...

 to protect against the elements.

Some of the most popular surfing spots in Chile are:


Located south west of Santiago, Pichilemu is the number one spot for surfing in Chile. The town is the host of the annual national championships. This location offers something for every kind of surfer. Beginners usually try to catch their first waves at the beaches of Las Terrazas or La Puntilla. While more skilled usually hang out at Infiernillo, and only the most experienced surfers adventure into Punta de Lobos
Punta de Lobos
Punta de Lobos is a Chilean beach located south of Pichilemu and southwest of Rancagua, in the Cardenal Caro Province, O'Higgins Region....

 where the waves can get up to 6 meters high.


Just north of Viña del Mar, Ritoque is one of Chile’s most beautiful places for surfing. On the 13 kilometer long Ritoque beach waves can get as high as 7 meters.


Close by the city of Arica is the Playa Gringo
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, whereas the name tells many US Americans
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go to surf. Even though there are spots with rocks in the water, the qualification for the national championship takes place there. Waves can get up to 4 meters high.
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